Exercise as a way to drop that blood pressure

image Contributing blogger Troy Meyers is a certified personal trainer and sports conditioner with more than 10 years of experience. He owns Atlanta-based JockBoyLocker.com and contributes to the site’s Lockerroom Blog.

If you’re concerned with your blood pressure, the first thing to do is consult with your doctor and listen to the advice dished out.

Most likely, you’ll be told to make some lifestyle changes such as eating a more nutritious diet that emphasizes vegetables, fruits and grains while reducing fatty, high sodium and processed foods. Another recommendation will undoubtedly be to participate in a regular exercise program that could include walking or cycling.

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Adam Lambert, Kathy Griffin, female models

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Stadtlander drops out of District 6 race

imageCharlie Stadtlander, one of three gay candidates vying for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council, has apparently dropped out of the race.

The DeKalb County school teacher withdrew from the race after Steve Brodie announced his campaign Thursday morning. Stadtlander tells Southern Voice he always intended to drop out if Brodie entered the race, though Stadtander never said so publicly when he announced his campaign in early January.

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Third gay candidate enters City Council race

imageThe race for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council – often regarded as the gay seat on the council for more than a decade – just got a little more competitive and a lot more gay.

Steve Brodie, a gay man who lost a 2005 campaign for the seat by a razor-thin margin of five votes, announced Thursday that he will try for a second time to unseat incumbent Anne Fauver.

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Fighting words: Jack Mackenroth v. Tyra

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Not everyone is excited about GLAAD's decision to honor talk show host and LGBT ally Tyra Banks with their Excellence In Media Award.

Former Project Runway contestant Jack Mackenroth has expressed his disapproval on his blog and his harsh criticisms of Banks is evenly dividing the gays.

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Social Tuesdays does drinks old school at W

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Apparently, you can’t keep a good ‘ho down

We always enjoy when local gay establishments get a little recognition from the national gay press.

Take the Advocate, for example. The gay glossy weighed in recently with its list of "Top 10 Gay C&W Bars" in the country.

The geographically-diverse list stops in Dallas, Oklahoma City, Denver, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Chicago and Tampa.

It also had this to say about a place right here in Atlanta, which landed as the No. Two best country and western gay bar in the U.S.

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Wednesday: Three gay things to do tonight

imagePEDRO: The story of Pedro Zamora -- the openly gay and HIV-positive cast member on MTV's "Real World: San Francisco" in 1994 -- airs on Logo and MTV at 8 p.m. Catch a sneak peek of Alex Loynaz (photo) in the lead role on Logo's website. Or read contributing blogger Darian Aaron's take on the film.

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Wednesday: The Bucks bootie-licious rugby


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Beer pong, liplocks don’t mix at Agnes Scott

imageBeer pong and lesbians seem to be a touchy subject for some at Agnes Scott College.

The all-women school in Decatur is often the punchline for jokes that have to do with lesbians. It's something the campus confronted late last year when student Louisa Hill (photo) complained in a blog about Agnes Scott becoming "the cesspool for Hollywood's C-list sequels." Hill and other students were upset when the filming of "Road Trip II: Beer Pong" came to campus.

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What to do when the economy kills the career

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Sci-fi hunks, Barney, queens, March Madness

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Atlanta Pride announces slate of June events

imageYou might not even notice that the Atlanta Pride Festival is missing this June.

The event, shifted to late October to pave the way for a return to Piedmont Park, at first left a gap in the calendar for late June, which this year is the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York. The events are often credited with starting the modern day gay civil rights movement.

But the Atlanta Pride Committee is moving quickly to fill your calendar with a slate of events in late June.

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Atlanta Xplosion readies for women’s football

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Monday: ‘Gay bishop’ speaks at Emory

image"The gay bishop" lands on the comforting campus of Emory University tonight as he ramps up his role in the debate over gay marriage.

Once a self-described preacher "from a hick diocese in New Hampshire," Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson was thrown in a global storm in 2003 over his election as bishop of the state, making him the first openly gay bishop in the 2.4-million member Episcopal Church.

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Monday: Say it sexy, say it sexier

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Gay chamber networks with two-day event

imageThe Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce started its biggest-ever 4th Friday networking event on Thursday in a refashioned hotel on West Peachtree Street in Midtown.

The Granada Suites Hotel, which is being renovated and remade in anticipation of its reflagging as the Artmore Hotel later this year, hosted the event in its lobby bar.

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Your gym routine starts with breakfast

image Contributing blogger Troy Meyers is a certified personal trainer and sports conditioner with more than 10 years of experience. He owns Atlanta-based JockBoyLocker.com and contributes to the site’s Lockerroom Blog.

Now more than ever there are diets, theories, programs and ads for exercise equipment bombarding us every day.

But we -- that's a collective term for all Americans, not just those fit gay jocks and jockettes -- continue to grow fatter and fatter every year. Obesity is a major problem.

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